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kosovo-is-wasting-its-energy-on-recognition-battles-11-27-2017 Comment 05 Dec 17

Kosovo is Wasting its Energy on Recognition Battles

Getting diplomatic recognition by small, far-off states is far less important than having a functioning economy.

the-kosovo-serbia-dialogue-is-just-lose-lose--11-13-2017 Comment 13 Nov 17

The Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue is Just ‘Lose-Lose’

Both countries, and both peoples, stand to lose out in the long term from a ‘dialogue’ that has never advanced beyond leaders shaking hands and photo opportunities in Brussels.

serbian-monarchists-british-right-wingers-plot-kosovo-resistance--11-02-2017 Investigation 03 Nov 17

Serbian Monarchists, British Right-Wingers Plot Kosovo ‘Resistance’

Russian-linked Serbian monarchists and a British far-right organisation have been seeking to equip mystery groups in north Kosovo in order to resist what they believe will be an attack on Serbs by Kosovo Albanians.

suriname-triggers-new-phase-in-kosovo-recognition-battle-11-01-2017 Comment 01 Nov 17

Suriname Triggers New Phase in Kosovo Recognition Battle

The apparent decision of a Latin American state to revoke its recognition of Kosovo shows the diplomatic struggle over Serbia’s former province is far from over.

local-elections-reveal-different-strife-in-north-kosovo-10-18-2017 feature 19 Oct 17

Local Elections Reveal Different Strife in North Kosovo

As local elections in Kosovo draw nearer, the tensions in the Serb-dominated north are very different from the ones that haunted this region in the past.

haradinaj-has-been-useful-enemy-for-serbia-s-leader-09-20-2017 Comment 20 Sep 17

Haradinaj Has Been Useful Enemy for Serbia’s Leader

Only Aleksandar Vucic could pull off the trick of making political capital out of denouncing Ramush Haradinaj’s ‘crimes’ – before then instructing his clients in Kosovo to make him Prime Minister.

albin-kurti-kosovo-serbia-dialogue-is-dead--08-29-2017 Interview 29 Aug 17

Albin Kurti: Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue is ‘Dead’

The opposition Vetevendosje candidate for Kosovo prime minister, Albin Kurti, told BIRN that EU-sponsored talks between Pristina and Belgrade have ‘failed’ and should not continue.

kosovo-serbia-historic-deal-remains-stuck-years-on-08-25-2017 Analysis 25 Aug 17

Kosovo-Serbia ‘Historic’ Deal Remains Stuck, Years On

Only one of the four agreements signed between Kosovo and Serbia two years ago has been implemented, while all others are blocked – as the two sides blame each other for the deadlock.

actions-not-words-will-thaw-kosovo-serbia-relations-08-17-2017 Comment 17 Aug 17

Actions, Not Words, Will Thaw Kosovo-Serbia Relations

Recent statements from Belgrade offer fresh hope for lasting reconciliation between Serbia and Kosovo – but warm words need to be backed up by concrete actions.

what-kosovo-can-t-expect-from-vucic-s-call-for-dialogue-08-14-2017 Comment 14 Aug 17

What Kosovo Can(’t) Expect from Vucic’s Call for Dialogue

Far from signalling a new era in Serbia-Kosovo relations, Vucic’s recent call to ‘get real’ on the issue could lead to attempts to redraw borders.

might-vucic-become-serbia-s-de-gaulle-on-kosovo--08-01-2017 Comment 01 Aug 17

Might Vucic Become Serbia’s de Gaulle on Kosovo?

The Serbian President’s recent words on Kosovo invite intriguing comparisons with those of another nationalist in another time.

navigating-the-battlefield-of-kosovo-s-snap-elections-06-05-2017 Analysis 05 Jun 17

Navigating the Battlefield of Kosovo’s Snap Elections

Ahead of Kosovo’s snap elections set for June 11, Balkan Insight profiles the main contenders and their views on key issues the new cabinet will encounter.

kosovo-election-exposes-deep-rift-among-serbs-05-31-2017 Analysis 31 May 17

Kosovo Election Exposes Deep Rift Among Serbs

Ahead of Kosovo’s general elections, the Kosovo Serb bloc is more divided than ever with Belgrade backing only one list – a decision observers say might backfire.

tacit-thaci-vucic-alliance-again-outsmarts-the-west-05-18-2017 Comment 18 May 17

Tacit Thaci-Vucic ‘Alliance’ Again Outsmarts the West

As the leaders of both Kosovo and Serbia game the West - by feigning a commitment to the EU Dialogue that neither intends to honour – it is time the West came up with a master plan.

rabid-anti-albanian-sentiments-grip-serbian-media-05-16-2017 ANALYSIS 16 May 17

Rabid Anti-Albanian Sentiment Grips Serbian Media

Growing ethnic and political tensions across the Balkans have triggered rabid warmongering and ethnic anti-Albanian ethnic slurs in Serbian media, local experts warn.